EAGLE RIVER (WAOW) – A third county in central and northern Wisconsin has found a dead bird infected with the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus.
A crow found July 9 in Vilas County tested positive for the virus, meaning people need to be more aware of protecting themselves against mosquito bites, Health Department Director Gina Egan said Friday. The dead bird was found near Arbor Vitae.
“The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay," Egan said in a statement. The best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to it and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes, she said.
About 80 percent of people who are infected with the West Nile virus do not get sick, health experts said. Those who do get ill usually experience mild symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue, said authorities.
In recent days, health officials said a crow in Oneida County and a blue jay in Wood County also tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The state Department of Health Services said 57 cases of West Nile virus infections in people were reported last year.